Dr Jun Li



Professor Jun Li started his academic career in Shanghai in the early 1990s, and taught as Deputy Director of the Education Policy Unit at the University of Hong Kong before he joins Western University. He holds two PhDs, one in history of China’s education (ECNU, 1992) and another in International Education Policy (UMCP, 2006), and has wide professional experiences accumulated in multicultural contexts (Shanghai, Tokyo, Maryland, Toronto, Hong Kong, etc.). Meanwhile he served as Chairman of the Hong Kong Educational Research Association (2014-17), President of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (2012-14), and is on the WCCES Research Standing Committee (2017-19) and CIES Publications Committee Member (2016-17), in addition to his editorship in multiple international journals and book series.

Prof. Li has interest in the studies of policy, leadership and development in comparative and international education, higher education, teacher education, citizenship education and civil society, also in Chinese, Asian and African studies in education and culture. He has led many ear-marked research projects, such as “China-Africa University Partnerships in Education and Training” (GRF-RGC/HK SAR), “World-class Universities, Publication and Research Assessment: Rethinking the Mission of Higher Education in the Global Age” (RDF/WUN). He also has been active in large-scale, international research projects, such as UNESCO and World Bank’s System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results (SABER), UNESCO’s Lifelong Learning and Employability: Analytic Research of Eight Countries and Regions in Asia and the Pacific, the IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) China Pilot, and the OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA Hong Kong). He has extensively published, with many academic books and over a hundred of journal/newspaper articles or book chapters in English, Chinese or Japanese, including his new authored book Quest for World-Class Teacher Education? A Multiperspectival Study on the Chinese Model of Policy Implementation (Springer, 2016) and co-authored book Portraits of 21st Century Chinese Universities: In the Move to Mass Higher Education (Springer/CERC, 2011). He is often interviewed as to education and/or China by New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Global Times, China Daily, South China Morning Post, China Central Television (CCTV), China Global Television Network (CGTN), etc.

Prof. Li believes in a philosophy that humans are born close to one another but diverge as a result of learning (The Analects of Confucius, 17.2). His “happy hour” is usually in the morning or evening with a pot of tea to discuss or write anything exploratory, creative, or even inconceivable. As a dedicated educator, researcher and father, he is always more than happy to share with you his learning about education.